A Guide to Supervising Non-native English Writers of Theses and Dissertations

A Guide to Supervising Non-native English Writers of Theses and Dissertations : Focusing on the Writing Process

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Focused on the writing process, A Guide to Supervising Non-Native English Writers of Theses and Dissertations presents approaches that can be employed by supervisors to help address the writing issues or difficulties that may emerge during the provisional and confirmation phases of the thesis/dissertation journey. Pre-writing advice and post-writing feedback that can be given to students are explained and illustrated. A growing number of students who are non-native speakers of English are enrolled in Masters and Ph. D programs at universities across the world where English is the language of communication. These students often encounter difficulties when writing a thesis or dissertation in English - primarily understanding the requirements and expectations of the new academic context and the conventions of academic writing. Designed for easy use by supervisors, this concise guide focuses specifically on the relationship between reading for and preparing to the write the various part-genres or chapters; the creation of argument; making and evaluating claims, judgements and conclusions; writing coherent and cohesive text; meeting the generic and discipline-specific writing conventions; and designing conference abstracts and power-point presentation as well as writing the first journal article.show more

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  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12.7mm | 249.48g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 40 Line drawings, black and white; 17 Tables, black and white; 40 Illustrations, black and white
  • 0415631815
  • 9780415631815
  • 795,272

About John Bitchener

John Bitchener is Professor of Applied Linguistics, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.show more

Table of contents

Preface Acknowledgements Introduction Advice and feedback in the provisional enrolment period Advice on the selection of content for dissertation chapters Feedback on the selection of content for dissertation chapters Advice and feedback on the creation of argument in dissertation chapters Advice or feedback on the coherence of dissertation arguments Advice and feedback on the writing of other texts during the dissertation journey References Appendices Appendix A Some key aspects of the published research informing the focus of this book Appendix B Code of practice for supervisors and student responsibilities Appendix C Sample 20 minute power-point slide presentation Appendix D Typical guidelines for the submission of manuscripts to journals for publication Appendix E Some of the typical reasons journal editors reject manuscripts before seeking reviews Indexshow more